Fists and cuffs; to escape the constable by knocking him down with the aid of a companion.
“The mute eloquence of the miller and smith, which was vested in
their clenched fists, was prepared to give highland bail for their
arbiter [Edie Ochiltree].” —
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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